DIY: 4-Ingredient Coconut Milk


Coconut milk is an extremely versatile ingredient to have on hand. You can use it to make anything from breakfast oatmeal, to curried vegetables, ice cream, baked goods and everything in between. But did you know that you can easily prepare this dairy-free milk on your own? With just a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry (coconut flakes, maple syrup and pink salt), you can effortlessly make multiple batches per week. This DIY coconut milk recipe is so incredibly simple to create that it makes pre-made, canned coconut milk seem like an inconvenience—I mean, who has time to drive all the way to the store, anyway?

Homemade Coconut Milk in Old-Fashioned Glass Milk Jug |

Yields 1-1/2 cups coconut milk


2 cups filtered water
1-1/2 cups finely shredded coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. Vitacost Organic Maple Syrup
Pinch of pink salt


  1. In high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend 1-2 minutes until fully incorporated.
  2. Pour into large glass jar and let sit 10 minutes.
  3. Using fine mesh strainer, strain coconut milk over a bowl to eliminate pulp. (If you prefer pulp in your coconut milk, skip this step.)
  4. Store milk and leftover pulp in fridge; use within 4-5 days.

Additional cooking tips:

  • When straining coconut milk, it’s best to do so in batches and press coconut milk pulp to squeeze out liquid until milk is fully separated from pulp.
  • Milk will separate in fridge; shake before using.
  • Use leftover coconut pulp to use in other recipes like these raw cocoa nut cookies.
Pamela Higgins

Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC and She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at